A Center Township man has been sentenced to 11 years on formal probation
after pleading guilty to one count of child exploitation and one of
possession of child pornography.
On Monday, Ari Spector, 47, was sentenced to the maximum term for each
count, to be served consecutively: eight years for child exploitation and
three for possession of child pornography. Then Porter Superior Court Judge
Roger Bradford--under the terms of the plea agreement--suspended the whole
of the 11 years and ordered Spector to serve them on formal probation.
Bradford gave Spector credit for time already served prior to sentencing:
While on formal probation, Spector must register as a sex offender, undergo
an HIV test, and continue his current therapy and treatment.
The plea agreement stipulates that Spector may transfer his probation and
obligations to the State of Illinois and notes that--in January--he had
“spent almost eight months of time in-patient” and is currently receiving
therapy and treatment for “his sexual addiction” from a Chicago therapist.
According to the probable cause affidavit, in April 2011 the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police received an anonymous report from the WeTip system alleging
Spector to be in possession of child pornography.
A search warrant was subsequently obtained and executed at Spector’s
residence on Beargrass Court and five computers seized. Those computers were
examined by the Indiana State Police and were found to have “hundreds of
photographs and videos of child pornography,” some “dating from as far back
as 2005,” the affidavit stated. In addition, Spector had “created a
management system using folders with appropriate dates as the folder names.”